2BDYNAMIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=2BDYNAMIC 2BDYNAMIC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ -Small Changes-Big Differences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834722 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1847205005.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I feel like I got a 'jump' on the New Year! I mean, what was I waiting for, Christmas? <em>446</em> This is how I felt due to making a few changes to my overall plan. With those tweaks, I got more than I expected. In less than a week I saw 2 pounds gone from the scale! But I am not one to get too caught up with numbers as we know they can fluctuate. What DID excite me more .... was my DH and I went to lunch... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:37:53 EST **Sweet Tooth Surprise** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831290 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l880177851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is just no sugar coating the truth about sweets, no matter how beautifully displayed on the banquet table. Tantalizing, seductive, but healthy? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870925243.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do your taste buds dance, your mouth water, and that little 'beggar' within holler to you, "Get me some of those!" <em>4</em> <em>494</em> <em>255</em> <em>475</em> ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:24:40 EST **How Would You Like An Uplift?** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827505 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l52881890.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What do you say we ARREST that "ALL OR NOTHNG" theory and break the law!! It should never be "Do or Die" when it comes to fitness and exercise ... If you have been too hard on yourself, or set unrealistic goals, it just may be time to think outside those prison bars and breathe some fresh air. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1462649759.jpg"> <BR> ("I ate pastry again; Now my new d... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:59:03 EST -Simply Thankful- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823859 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l342234964.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say 'Happy Thanksgiving' to everyone. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2050234116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our day will be quiet and fairly simple, yet reflect on the many things we are <BR> richly blessed with. Sparkpeople and all the friends I have come to know is certainly one of the good things I am thankful for in life. <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:15:29 EST -What Are You Willing to Sacrifice?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820689 One day I was reading the Hot Topics here in Sparks and it was asked: "How do I get motivation?" The person stated she had to lose a certain amount of weight and train for an upcoming 5K race. She said it was far too cold to run outdoors and genuinely disliked the Gym, though did have a membership. ............She asked for suggestions. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410255057.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I responded to the inquiry by saying .......... "You need to make... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:18:21 EST #Internal Affairs- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815982 Thelma Tread-Lightly, is sure she is being talked about, looks for a glass to press to the wall so she can listen in...... The external cues she has been getting from her boss have made her edgy and walking on eggs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528813131.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Unless you are the boss, owner, or CEO of a company or corporation, we can't see what goes on behind closed doors. <BR> <BR> "Let me try to figure this out........... I must know what i... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:27:27 EST -A Season To Be Thankful- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811859 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l928028472.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l789803711.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ms. Hepburn died to 'self' and left fame and fortune at the very pinnacle of her Hollywood career. A beloved actress and beautiful woman traded her star to follow a brighter star into the very depths of anguish and despair. She... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:52:25 EST -Of Mice Or Men? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806732 Are you living the dream or do you sometimes feel the path you started on has become more like the proverbial 'RAT RACE'..... Busy from dawn to dark! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1833541902.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What can we do to simplify our lives and find meaningful time for ourselves without feeling guilty? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l489166669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Maybe you have someone in your life ... a neighbor, or even a fami... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:12:27 EST Why Not Whine When You Wanna- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803243 Just like clockwork, your alarm sounds and wakes you from your cozy sweet slumber. Hitting the snooze will only prolong what you know you must do. So, do you throw back the covers and yell out, 'HERE I COME WORLD! ... Watch out!" .......... or hit the snooze and the whine button all in one. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1439504160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have found my initial thoughts upon waking are going to have a lot to do with how my day goes. Seriously. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:56:36 EST -Stress vs. Response- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799163 I love to poll Spark friends from my status line ... asking Q.s like; "What is your greatest 'stress-buster?' Feel free to add your comments of stress relief. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l674951876.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's just a few of the replies that came. There's no wrong answers..... just different ways of handling life's many stressors. The first was 'take Valium' ........ followed by Exercise, prayer, yoga, meditation, walking, jogging, .....takin... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:07:34 EST I Am The Pilot of My Destiny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796716 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l866085307.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For those of you who read my blog yesterday .... Today I Face Turbulence" .... I vowed I would report back, no matter what the outcome. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1007983797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know I left you hanging .... in a situation that is actually quite common to all us 'sparksters'. I said I was going to my friend, Charlotte's baby shower and I <BR> wanted to keep my "St... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:55:35 EST Today I Face Turbulence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796294 It is inevitable if not predictable. Today I will face turbulence on my chartered course. I must nevertheless, take the risk and breathe deep as I fly solo! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203498842.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Storm warnings were issued as the sky suddenly turned from blue and then dark, quickly engulfing the mornings light. Soft rumbles could be heard in the distance, but soon the sounds became closer and louder. Darkness surrounded me. Lightening st... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:53:45 EST Wow! You Look Like a Million Bucks!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795141 If today you looked at your reflection in the mirror and the image looked like a MILLION bucks ....... how would you react? ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1388648227.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's push fast forward and place you there. Take a moment to visualize yourself there ... standing on TOP of the mountain looking down because after much hard work, you have reached your goal. Think about how it feels. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:16:13 EST -The Heart Knows No Distance- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790994 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l640176966.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We may never meet our spark friends in person ... because we are far and wide. Yet with one word we can cause another to 'sparkle' ...... brighten their day with a simple wave of the wand. <em>188</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l723688642.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever stood in the presence of others and yet felt alone? Just <BR> because people are talking does not ne... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:34:00 EST -Regain Momentum in 10 Minutes!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786588 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l23235171.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I'm telling you Charlie Brown ...I know you fumbled the ball ...... You CAN still get right back up and keep going! .... I don't want to hear any butts about it! ..... Your NOT going to lay in the middle of the stadium ........ Can't you hear the crowd cheering ?....... And no--we're not going to start calling you Butterfingers!' C'mon Charlie ........... give it ten more minutes! ........... A LOT can happen in j... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:31:06 EST Go For An Encore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782152 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1729071635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You are one of a kind. No one can do exactly what you can do. You are matchless. Even if you don't think so. You have your own set of fingerprints like no other ....No one even thinks exactly like you .... and inside is a hidden treasure chest holding your very own blueprint for success! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1059752498.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Along this wonderful journey th... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:09:20 EST ARRRGHH! .... Compensation for Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780072 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2117747584.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What if the name we shudder saying were changed to 'FUNDAY?' .... Would we spring out of bed saying 'yippee-kayay' instead of moaning & droaning? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350816852.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To me and a ga-jillion others .......... Mondays has the feel of being hit hard with <BR> a stun gun .......... Right? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:19:03 EST -Rhythm and Sink- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777819 Have you ever found yourself riding the waves, feeling exuberant as you sail through the smooth waters, the sun shining and the wind in your sails? Who doesn't like the feeling of exhilaration when we're in control and on top? What could possibly go wrong? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2138882943.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But like storms often do, they can come without warning with one powerful crashing wave sweep you off the smooth course you were just on! I know!... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:18:13 EST Put Some Salsa In Your Step! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769895 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l173181532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First of all, by request I am going to give some salsa dance lessons AND my salsa recipe! ..... Tune up your tippie toes and your appetite! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l836396605.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And second .......... this is my way of saying THANK you .... all who took time to read .... my "I'm On Top of The World' blog ........ And third ........ for those who read and voted a po... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:27:53 EST I'm On Top Of The World! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768595 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1758872465.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The table was set. Set up for a sure disaster if you got too close. You could call it ...... the Perfect Storm! Storm warnings were issued; sirens sounded and still small boats sailed right into the crest of the largest wave ever! Ready to devour! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1501600925.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The event was the monthly Hog-fest celebration (aka: birthday bash in ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:20:14 EST Snap-Cackle-& Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766220 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463505998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just like a bad Penny, Monday always keeps coming back! So instead of moaning and groaning, what do you say we have a few snickers and or cackles to make our day brighter and lighter? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l794001087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Seriously! I have known peeps who think Big Smack burgers ARE healthy and argue they get plenty of veggies ......... like ..... uh ... there... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:08:51 EST Let The Sun Shine In- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l129534558.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had the pleasure of speaking with a young man last week who was missing both legs below the knees and both hands. He was dark and handsome and had a noticeably polite and nice way about him. As we talked I could see love and life radiating from within. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660271813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This saying absolutely fit him ........ I brought him downstairs in ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:20:05 EST How Far Would You Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759509 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1037929011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You hear your doorbell ring. It is Spike, an escapee known for botched burglaries. Would you intrepidly open the door and invite him in? ..... Treat him like a guest..... cater to him and serve his favorite meal? ......Using your best silver and fine china? I know ... I know .... 'What kind of question is that!" ..... <em>4</em> .... Most likely your aggressive side would surface and you would bounce him ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:51:04 EST Almost Monday!!! Let's Have a Laugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755634 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l418223952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Its' almost Monday! Instead of droning, let's have a good laugh! After all, isn't laughter GOOD medicine!? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1507133981.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And try not to bother those of us who are still sane!!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1222352043.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some things just have to be spelled out! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:18:37 EST What would you tell yourself ........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753755 If you were making an entry in your diary or journal about how you feel about yourself .... expressing either optimism or disappointment about your fitness journey, how might it read? Be honest .......... Your journal belongs to you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1764049809.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Would your entries have heartache, disappointments and complaints listed ........ Like ...."I thought you would be further down the road by now ........ <em>204</em>... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 16:24:40 EST Humor for Hot Chicks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751270 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l91089120.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know about you ....... but this Chick is Hot! ...... I don't know if humor will help .......... But it can't hurt. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l415363792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I guess this one had to learn the hard way! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1070232242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l589951688.jpg"> <BR... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:33:05 EST The Mother-In-Law Chronicles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750195 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1367524260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I understand you are dating my Son; We NEED TO TALK." ....... This live account was shared by a spark member, as are all the other stories. They are true so...... Read along. This MIL to be was also her BOSS and she sat the future DIL down and with a 'stern' look said ............ "He is very sensitive and I do NOT want to see or hear of you hurting him in any way!" ........... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:14:26 EST Keep Your Honey In The Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745490 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2127975168.jpg"> <BR> <BR> People use the phrase "the Honeymoon is over" .... But does it have to end? <BR> Getting married is kind of like getting something shiny new ........ But one thing for sure ........ whether it's a new car, a new tech toy or squeaky new shoes. Somehow they have to be 'broken in.' Marriage does not come with a lifetime warranty or money back guarantee. One must take the time and troubleshoot getting the bugs out!... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:59:20 EST The Fortune-Teller Sees Sparks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743159 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l305195478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "My Stars!!" ....... I see people .... many people ... and they have sparks around them ......... many sparks ...... Now they are laughing ....... much laughing ...... much sparking ........... Some holding their sides .... more laughing ......... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l201530587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Coming to you LIVE HERE IN SPARKS .... laughing and snickering to help your Mo... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:34:49 EST Maybe It's Time For a Boost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740559 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1953231496.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fred was having engine problems, so he asked his wife, Wilma to help push the car. "Give it ALL YOU'VE GOT Wilma!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2094625409.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Oh my gosh!" ....... "IF IT ISN'T Fred and Wilma pushing that fool thing they call a car again!" one exclaimed. .......... Neighbors gawked and fired dumb remarks : "What's wrong Fred, another busted headl... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:35:05 EST Jerry Thee-Atriks ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738356 Isn't if funny how Monday rolls around so fast but we seem to have to wait forever for Friday to get here? ....... So what do you say we start our day with a little chuckle, a whinny, or a guffaw ....... We just may need it you know .......... since it is M-O-N-D-A-Y! ............ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l770217792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I know I left my glasses somewhere." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404258513.jpg"> <BR> <... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:38:14 EST There's Light @ The End of The Tunnel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736590 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2068534019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When you are in a forest and you can't seem to find your way, what do you do? You look for the light and follow it until you find a path that will lead you to the other side. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1764082577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Like being in a tunnel, you can only go forward. You can't see outside the tunnel walls; nor can you see from where you started. <BR> <img src... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:20:02 EST -Are You Being Hood-Winked?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733112 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1821819790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Q. Do you ever run into a grocery store, fully intending to buy one or two items. But to your dismay your cart is so overloaded on the way to check out it looks like Wagon-train needing a team of oxen to pull it! (I admit to this one) If you have as well ....... it just may you & I have been 'hood-winked!' <em>40</em> .... Don't look so surprised! <BR> <BR> Definition: to deceive, to dupe or to trick. ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:05:36 EST It's My Birthday-Let's Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731025 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l520602572.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whew!! Am I ever glad to know I still am still young cos I can look at the moon! <BR> No problem! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1852142221.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever figured out 'when' a person gets old? All I can tell you is.... Age is a sneaky thing ...... <em>204</em> ....The years creep up like bad fitting underwear! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 03:41:16 EST -He Sparked A Nation- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726181 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1397030562.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As our country once again celebrates Independence Day, I think of the young man with a mighty dream. Chris Downie, founder and CEO of Sparks People, also known as Spark Guy. He set ablaze a firestorm nation wide liberating millions of people from being overweight, loosing the chains of bondage to fat and setting people free to live healthy and fit lives. Through his vision he has brought revolution to the wo... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:28:37 EST A Reason to Laugh- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721145 Did you know people who smile and laugh a lot can actually live longer? And laughter will keep you looking young? Have you laughed yet today? There is still time. After all, laughter is contagious and is good to spread around! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1708159636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes you and I go through the storms of life and they can feel like hurricane proportion. Usually there are no storm warnings; they come unexpectedly. If we can look... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:10:10 EST - The Turning Point- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716368 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1604416153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The sun was blistering hot but not as scorching as the insult that was hurled before an attentive audience .......... "Hey Jan! Did you ever dream you would be FAT when you grew up?" ......... Snickers followed from the other socialites as I was singed by the burning remark. Not only did this become my 'turning point' but I learned something invaluable from the classroom of life........ <em>150</em> <BR> <... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:31:27 EST Be A Friend-Be A Good Listener- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713489 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l834824637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l420642512.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A true friend will listen and not always have to express an opinion. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1375479843.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1421871649.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To have a friend .......... Is to first BE a friend! ....... <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 14:27:08 EST Humor Hodge Podge- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711484 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1028289204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was part of my workout today! ........ You are not really buying it are you? Because my hair is NOT this long! ....lol....Please use caution when trying this technique; I think it may be an inverted form of planking ..... not sure ...... The rest is just as unbelievable! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549781194.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Seriously! What's the point? It is sooooo ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 17:25:08 EST Are Your Scales Friend or Foe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707380 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529795659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Vera stood trembling knowing she must come face to face with the enemy. Her sisters tried desperately to stop her ...... as she walked slowly with great trepidation down the long creeky hall. She hesitated as she had done so many times ..... Would today be different? ...... Her heart beat fiercely in her chest ..... her respirations were rapid and her palms were clammy; yet she found an ounce of bravery and slo... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:02:18 EST When Does The Journey End? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706181 It seems on any journey, people often want to know how soon they will 'get there.' I am sharing one of the lessons I learned from my Dad when I was a young child. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1806862863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Scenario: Off to Grandma's house ...... in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California..... an approximate four hour journey if we did not have many stops. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l721561666.jpg"> <B... Thu, 29 May 2014 16:42:50 EST Panty Raid!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701585 My hubby is going to kill me when he sees this ... But I nearly died laughing and just must share the 'Kodak' moment! <BR> <BR> Scenario--which led to exposure! <BR> I come home from work and DH informs me, 'You got a call from the 'Imaging place and they are scheduling an MRI (MRA angiogram-neck) STAT and you are to call at once! ....... Long story short ... I did and had to make tracks as it was being done on the double! ....... Hubby says, "We had better motor out there since the hospita... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:28:32 EST Beat The Clock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698361 Do you have the 'best of intentions; only to find the day has gotten away from you and when it is finally time for YOU, you find yourself frazzled from your daily juggling act? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2058220163.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once again, you 'meant' to get your gym time in ...... but you had those jillion things to do ....... get the family up and out the door, find your missing car keys ....... remember to let the dog out ..... and so forth .... <e... Mon, 19 May 2014 11:13:57 EST -Mastery Over The Race- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695521 Sometimes it may seem there are so many things to remember in this journey. But did you know you have a very 'Potent' combination .... using just TWO things to bring you into sure victory ? Two things ...... yes ......... Its' a Win-win. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1468271135.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Never be afraid to sweat! After all, you can't cook an egg if you don't turn the burner on! Nor will fat burn unless you turn up the heat! Get to moving, pump th... Thu, 15 May 2014 09:05:47 EST -10 Steps To Emotional First Aid- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690392 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1817571983.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What do you do when you are in one of life's storms? You find yourself hit with a sudden lightening bolt and though it is day 10, you still feel as if you have been <BR> run over by a train! <BR> <BR> #1. Regardless of the situation, do not roll over into negative mode. (thinking and planning for the worst) <BR> #2. Stir yourself up! Lifes' experiences will tell you .... most things are going to peak' and ... Thu, 8 May 2014 09:24:28 EST A Note To My Spark Friends ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683343 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2118978048.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I would really like to say things are just 'Ducky' right now ....... But that would be a stretch ...... I could not write each and every friend who has been so sweet to send me goodies or a note asking how I am and well wishing ........ so I just hope you see this.... <BR> <BR> I find I have to take a 'little break' ...... from sparks until I get better. Some of you asked or even know that I had an MRI the other... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:54:30 EST Is There An Elephant In The Room? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679294 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l848267836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Silly as it may sound, if someone were to holler out, "Is there an elephant in the room?" ........ Let someone ELSE wave their hand ... <em>524</em> and say, "I'm over here!" <BR> <BR> Imagination. It's a big word ..... think of some of what has been conquered through dreams and imagination ......... Never let it set idle; after all ..... Man has gone to the Moon and back ...... It was imagined first. <BR>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:13:00 EST Jesus Is For Real! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676268 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1359258916.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is very real ........ In His resurrection, we as believers find redemption .......... His wonderful gift ......... Believe and ask Him into <BR> your hearts if you have never done .......... You can be assured of His promise of everlasting life in eternity to come. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1948200840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Without a doubt, it the mo... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:26:42 EST Just One Silly Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674203 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1159009709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Silly dilly moments with a laugh or two just help us make it through the day. <BR> Marge takes time out from her glamorous day of multi-tasking to share her tips. <em>542</em> <em>541</em> <em>251</em> <em>553</em> <em>196</em> <em>341</em> <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2017823237.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Free advice if prone for silly overdraft fees! ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:30:54 EST Testing Only-Checks and Balances' attached http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672900 .......... only a test to see if it pops up on team stream .........Blog I did this morning did not show up on team stream ........ "Checks and Balances" ...... sorry--contacted tech support and testing. some kind of fluke. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1628703255.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Long story short .............. Please read "Checks and Balances" as this cute Koala is not what I intended ............ <em>304</em> friends! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:59:50 EST